LL.M. in Elder Law - Curriculum

Students in the Elder Law LL.M. program will complete these required courses:

  • Aging and the Law
  • Long-Term Care Planning
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning for the Elder Law Client
  • Ethics in the Practice of Elder Law
  • Guardianship and Alternatives
  • Retirement Planning
  • Select Topics in Elder Law (on-campus course for new students entering in the Fall)

Students must take six credit hours of electives and may choose from the following courses:

  • Disability Law* 
  • Government and Private Health Benefits
  • Representing Elderly or Special Needs Clients
  • Law, Aging and Mental Health
  • Veterans' Benefits

See Course Descriptions for more details on above courses.

*Long-Term Care Planning is required, but with approval of the Director of the LL.M. in Elder Law, Disability Law may be substituted (effective Fall semester 2012). 

By taking a full course load (three courses), degree-seeking students should complete the requirements for the LL.M. degree within three semesters (fall, spring and fall). Candidates must satisfactorily complete 25 hours of academic credit, and will take no more than three classes per semester. Most classes are three credits. Students interested in taking fewer classes each semester must receive approval from the program director and will require additional semesters to complete the degree.


Most of the courses will require a final examination. Open-book examinations will most often be offered electronically. The Registrar's Office will provide details.


Students in the LL.M. in Elder Law are graded on an honors basis. Possible grades include High Honors, Honors, Pass, Credit and Fail. For informational purposes, on a 4.0 scale High Honors is the equivalent of grades 3.5 and higher, Honors is 3.0-3.25, Pass is 2.0-2.75, Credit is 1.25-1.75, and Fail is a grade below 1.25.